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In what has otherwise been a pretty depressing baseball existence for Pirates star Andrew McCutchen, the center fielder has found one more place to rise above his peers, even if he can’t carry his team with him.
McCutchen beat out a handful of big-name All-Stars to be featured on the cover of this year’s MLB The Show. He reeled in 108,148 votes, outpacing second-place CC Sabathia (89,056) and Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey and Ryan Braun.
The individual accolades are a nice touch for McCutchen, who is the lone player among that group not to have tasted some team success. The Pirates, long woeful, appeared to finally be ready to fight their way above .500 this year but had a horrid second-half slide, finishing at 79-83.
McCutchen, though, has been a bright spot. Already the leader in Pittsburgh, the All-Star now has video game honors to carry with him this season as he and the Pirates give it another try.
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Pretty sure this will be the first time a Pittsburgh Pirate player will ever be on the cover of a video game. Pretty cool, actually. Andrew McCutchen wrote a thank you to all the fans who voted for him, too.
I am humbled and thrilled that you, the fans, have voted me as the cover athlete for MLB 13: The Show. It really is a dream come true for me to be on the cover of a video game...
While the Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t had much to celebrate over the last decade, today they can at least be proud that they are getting some good pub.
Andrew McCutchen won a fan vote to be on the cover of MLB The Show 13, he beat out Yankees CC Sabathia, Tigers Miguel Cabrera and Dodgers Matt Kemp.
McCutchen has been one of the best things to happen to the Pirates since 2009. Last...
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Tweet The Sony Playstation-exclusive game MLB 13: The Show decided to let the fans choose what player they wanted to see on the cover of their game. Fans could vote via Twitter and Facebook from Jan. 7 until this afternoon. The candidates to be on the cover were Matt Kemp, CC Sabathia, Andrew McCutchen, Bryce [...]
Recap the 2009 draft here, and Huntington’s 2008 draft here. (Opening image credit, slewfooters.com)
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